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GA Roundly Opposes LASP as Hearings Open
Scores of aviation enthusiasts and industry representatives spoke in opposition to the Transportation Security Administration's proposed Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) on Tuesday, January 6, during the first of this month's five scheduled TSA hearings at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y. There were no speakers in favor of the sweeping security program during the five-plus hour hearing attended by a standing-room-only crowd estimated at 200 people. Joe Gauthier, EAA 31860, of Cromwell, Conn., attended and spoke before the panel of TSA representatives.

Read the story  | Learn more about the LASP

Lynn Osmus Named
Acting FAA Administrator

Lynne OsmusLynne A. Osmus was named Acting FAA Administrator, effective January 16. She will replace Bobby Sturgell on an interim basis until the incoming administration appoints a new administrator, according to Diane Blair of the FAA Public Affairs office.

Osmus currently serves as FAA Assistant Administrator for Security and Hazardous Materials and has been with the FAA since 1979, primarily in the field of aviation security. She was appointed to be the Deputy Associate Administrator of FAA's Civil Aviation Security Program just three months prior to 9/11 and then led the FAA's transition of the security programs to the TSA.  Read more

Multimedia content this week:

Hints for Homebuilders - An 'Indirect' Riveting Technique

Timeless Voice: Bill Newton, B-24 Liberator pilot during World War II

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News & Views from EAA January 9, 2009    Volume 9, Number 1

EAAWith a flagging economy weighing heavily, the additional cost and burden of increased regulatory requirements become even more difficult to bear. As other industries and sectors of economic activity receive bailouts and regulatory relief to help them cope with hard times, the opposite could be the case for general aviation's businesses and participants.  Read more

Additional TFRs likely over the mid-Atlantic region January 17-18
TFR MapFlight restrictions in addition to the Washington Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) and Washington Metropolitan Flight Restriction Zone (FRZ) will be in effect for the presidential inauguration on January 20. The Transportation Security Administration has issued a Flight Advisory document outlining additional flight restrictions between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. local, including a 30NM radius temporary flight restriction (TFR). All GA flights, including IFR and transits, will be prohibited, with GA IFR arrivals permitted at three outlying airports - Dulles, Baltimore-Washington International, and Manassas Regional. Diversion airports will include Easton (ESN), Stafford Regional (RMN), and Carroll County (DMW). For complete information, read FAA NOTAM 8/4901. There also will likely be additional flight restrictions announced over Philadelphia, Wilmington, Delaware, and Baltimore on January 17, as well as over Washington on January 18 for events involving the President-Elect on the days leading up to inauguration day, so pilots will need to check Flight Service before taking off.

AirVenture Air ShowMany of the world's top air show performers have already confirmed their participation at the daily air shows during this year's EAA AirVenture Oshkosh July 27-August 3, including more than a dozen women who will participate in special "Women Fly" air show activities on Friday, July 31, and Sunday, August 2. Other invited performers include those with Canadian ties or aircraft to honor 100 years of aviation in Canada; second-generation air show standouts Matt Younkin and Kyle Franklin; Chuck Aaron and the Red Bull aerobatic helicopter, which made a spectacular debut at Oshkosh in 2008; plus annual favorites like Sean D. Tucker, Mike Goulian, the AeroShell Aerobatic Team, and the Warbird Spectaculars.  Read more
Enter EAA's 2009 'Share the Spirit' Sweepstakes
EAA SweepstakesNot only will the grand prizewinner of this year's EAA 'Share the Spirit' Sweepstakes take home a brand new FlightDesign MC light-sport aircraft, but the lucky ticket holder will also receive a Chevron Alliance charge card with $10,000 aviation fuel credit and 50,000 points in the "FlyBuys" rewards program! Other sweepstakes prizes include a RotorWay A600 Talon kit and $20,000 educational credit to help you build it; a John Deere Select Series X700 Ultimate tractor; a Canon EOS 50D Kit with lens; and a Bose Wave Music System. You can't win if you don't enter, and it's never been easier to do so. To learn more, visit
EAA Flight DepartmentAs the snow is falling here in Wisconsin, it is the time of year that EAA plans its aircraft outreach for the New Year. EAA Director of Aircraft Operations Sean Elliott would like to remind everyone that if you have an interest in volunteering in any capacity (pilot, mechanic, tour coordinator, etc.) with EAA aircraft operations programs, now is the time to send us your information. Over the next few weeks, the flight department will be evaluating its needs and adding to our roster of volunteers as necessary. For more information on the various roles and requirements, please refer to this article, 7 Ways to Participate in EAA Flight Operations, from a past issue of EAA Sport Aviation. If you are already interested in becoming an EAA volunteer for EAA Aircraft Operations programs, please e-mail your resume to Sean at
Nominations for Bingelis AwardThe annual Tony Bingelis Award recognizes deserving EAA Technical Counselors for their dedicated service and/or significant contributions in assisting members to build and restore aircraft. Honorees are carefully chosen by a committee of their peers as outstanding examples of people whose contributions have positively affected members' aircraft building or restoration projects. To nominate a Technical Counselor in your Chapter for this year's Tony Bingelis Award, to be presented at AirVenture 2009, please contact the EAA Safety Programs Office at 888-322-4636 ext. 6864. Nomination forms are also available here. The nomination deadline is February 1, 2009.
Back in the Air
Earning His Wings
Flight 12-13 - "It felt so good to get back in the air again this week. With almost three weeks since my last lesson, it took a few laps around the pattern to get comfortable behind the controls again. We made it down each time, but most of the landings weren't admirable.

Brady LaneOn my second flight this week I made several good landings back-to-back. Since the last couple lessons were difficult, my morale needed this one. I can't tell you how good a good landing feels! Watch the blog to see them all." - Brady

Brady Lane, EAA multimedia journalist, is taking flight lessons in pursuit of his sport pilot certificate, and he's sharing the experience in real time on EAA's website, "Earning My Wings: A Video Blog About Learning to Fly."

An 'Indirect' Riveting Technique
Hints for Homebuilders
This week, Wally Anderson, a Technical Counselor and member of EAA's Homebuilt Aircraft Council, demonstrates how to drive a rivet in hard-to-reach places, like ailerons and flaps. Watch the video.

If you have a hint to share with your fellow EAAers, we'd love to hear from you! Drop us a note at, and please put "Hints" in the subject line.

SportAir WorkshopsThere is still some limited space available in several sessions at this weekend's EAA SportAir Workshops being held in Prescott, Arizona, as well as next weekend's workshops scheduled for Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Space is available at Prescott's Composite Construction, Electrical Systems & Avionics, Fabric Covering, and What's Involved in Kitbuilding courses.

In Oshkosh (January 17-18), you can still sign up for Sheet Metal, Composite Construction, Electrical Systems & Avionics, Fabric Covering, Discover Aircraft Building, Gas Welding, and What's involved in Kitbuilding.

Next month workshops are scheduled for Lakeland, Florida (February 14-15), and Chesapeake, Virginia (February 21-22). Learn more about course offerings at the SportAir Workshops website, or call 800-967-5746 and start building your dream!

EAA Calendar of EventsEAA Chapter 914 Pancake Breakfast - Greenville, Texas
Stop on by Hangar 8 across from terminal at Greenville for a pancake breakfast, followed by chapter meeting and discussion of aircraft blueprints. Contact LaNell Brown, 903-454-9579, or send an e-mail.

Sporty's Fly-In - Clermont County/Sporty's Airport, Batavia, Ohio
A Sporty's Hot Dog Fly-In takes place every Saturday at Clermont County (I69). Free hot dogs from noon-2 p.m. For more information, visit or contact contact: Jason Pruitt at 513-735-9500 (Send an e-mail.)

And for more information about these events, or to find/submit others, visit

Bill NewtonHaving enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in June of 1942, Bill Newton went on active duty in December that year. He lacked the two years of college necessary at the time to enter the Aviation Cadet Program for powered flight training, so Newton was sent to Texas for glider training. When the two-year college requirement was dropped, he took an exam and was accepted into Aviation Cadets. He completed his training as a B-24 Liberator pilot and was sent overseas to Metfield, England, where he joined the 491st Bomb Group in June 1944. Unfortunately, Bill's airplane was shot down on his fifth mission, and became a POW at Stalag Luft 1 in Barth, Germany. Watch the video.

EAA MerchandiseSave big on select EAA apparel featured in our Fall/Winter catalog, and much more. This Vantek microfiber fleece is now only $29.99 (2X $33.99 , 3X $37.99) - a savings of $10 off the regular price! Featuring a 1/4-zip neck, bicep zip pocket, and bottom side vents, this cozy pullover is great for layering in all seasons. The 100 percent polyester fleece is available in dusty purple. Check out our Clearance & Closeouts section for more great deals. Place your orders online, or call us toll-free, 800-564-6322.
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Question of the Week
From time to time I like to reference a back issue of e-Hotline, but I don't always save my copies. Is there a place online where you archive past issues?

Yes, there is an extensive archive of back issues located on the EAA Members Only website. Go to, log in with your username and password, they look under the "Resources" menu for "e-Hotline Archive."

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EAA's Skiplane Fly-In and 56th anniversary celebration of the association is scheduled for January 24 at Pioneer Airport. Photo from the 2007 fly-in by Bonnie Kratz.

Download this wallpaper image at the EAA website, where you can choose among several different resolutions to suit your screen...or select an image from the archive.

On the Flightline - General Aviation News
Pipistrel has announced that the second generation of Virus aircraft is now in serial production. The Virus SW is the only light aircraft that combines pure speed with unprecedented fuel economy. The NASA challenger winner has been further refined and optimized for better performance. Deliveries are now in full swing. The aircraft can be equipped by either the Rotax 912 UL2 (80 hp) or 912 ULS (100 hp) powerplants and a large variety of avionics options. Learn more at

Found Aircraft Canada Inc, manufacturer of the Expedition E350, has been granted type certification for the Expedition E350 by the FAA. The type certification includes both day and night Visual Flight Rules (VFR) and Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) for the E350 tricycle gear aircraft as well as the E350 with Aerocet 3400 and 3500L floats installed.
The Expedition offers incredible STOL performance, and its rugged landing gear allows it to operate from short unprepared airstrips, according to the company. It has a full fuel payload of more than 900 pounds, which means the E350 can carry four passengers up to 200 pounds each, and 100 pounds of baggage more than 700 nautical miles.
Learn more at

Peggy Whitson, called NASA's most experienced astronaut with 377 days in space, will be a keynote speaker on Saturday, February 28, 2009, at Women in Aviation International's 20th anniversary conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Whitson made her first space mission in 2002, with an extended stay aboard the International Space Station as a member of Expedition 5. In 2007, she became the first female commander of the International Space Station on Expedition 16, during which she oversaw the first expansion of the station's living and working space in more than six years. Conference registration is available at

After assuming control of Air-Cam production, Lockwood Aircraft Company has made several developments on the twin-engine kit-built aircraft. Lockwood engineers and staff have pursued an amphibious float system; redesigned engine mounts to accommodate turbocharged 115-hp Rotax 914 powerplants, plus updates for the latest 100-hp 912S engines. Improvements also include partial and full enclosures to better shield aft-seat occupants. In addition to float system work, Air-Cam staff are working on development of a new 914 turbo engine package with constant speed reverse pitch props for float-equipped Air-Cams, a new camera mount, and updates of all Air-Cam manuals. Learn more at

Nivisys has produced the NVAG-6, the first night vision goggles certified by the FAA for civilian use. Designed for use with fixed and rotary winged aircraft, the company foresees wide use in many after-dark flight operations, such as offshore oil rigging, logging, power line and high-rise work, and search and rescue. Powered by two AA batteries, the lightweight unit is made of anodized aluminum and can be mounted to a variety of helmets. The eyepieces work for operators wearing prescription glasses or contacts and are individually adjustable. The goggles automatically turn off when the helmet mount is flipped up, which prevents tube damage in case of exposure to bright lights. Learn more at

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